ERYC: FRASER In – PARNABY Out?
- an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on the latest developments in the move to oust ERYC Leader Stephen PARNABY [Con.].
The Enquirer has learned that Tory HQ has been exerting pressure on present ERYC Leader Councillor Stephen PARNABY [Con.] to stand down as Leader “in the best interests of the party”. Fire or no fire, the smoke would appear to have drifted as far as Westminster . . .
Indications are, incidentally, that this may be part of a wider crack-down following the unanticipated (by the Tories) resurgence in the Labour Party in the May general election. If such is the case, Scarborough Borough Council Leader Councillor Derek BASTIMAN [Con.] may also find himself under the microscope.
PARNABY’s credibility has been irreparably undermined by the drip-drip-drip revelations of Cottingham developer Mr Peter ROBINSON, as covered extensively here on the Enquirer.
One Councillor told us:
“Whether Parnaby accepts it or not, the party’s over. He has no choice. Already, the horse-trading has begun and favourite now to take over the Leadership role is Symon Fraser”.
Councillor Symon FRASER [Con.] is presently the Portfolio Holder for Asset Management, Housing & the Environment, whose Planning expertise makes him best qualified (amongst the Tories) to clean up the PARNABY mess.
Councillor Symon FRASER [Con.] (left) and Councillor Stephen PARNABY [Con.]
Councillor Julie ABRAHAM [Con.] (Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People & Education) and Conservative Group Secretary Councillor Felicity TEMPLE [Con.] (widely known as “Duplicity”) – pictured below – are reportedly already actively lobbying in Councillor FRASER’s favour.
Councillor Julie ABRAHAM [Con.] & Councillor Felicity TEMPLE [Con.]
Consequently, Councillor PARNABY [Con.] is widely expected to announce his “retirement” at the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 28th July – the last Meeting before the summer recess.
PARNABY’s fall from grace is the latest in a series of deeply damaging scandals for the East Riding Tories, following as it does on the heels of the Dominic PEACOCK saga and the jailing of paedophile Arthur HODGSON.